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(David Lane/AP, Pool)

Republican - New Hampshire

Former New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte defeated Rep. Paul Hodes for the Senate seat left open by retiring third-term Republican Sen. Judd Gregg. Ayotte joined the state's attorney general's office in 1998 as a prosecutor and became New Hampshire's first female attorney general in 2004. In that role, she was twice named one of the state's 10 most powerful people by Business NH Magazine. She resigned in July 2009 when she announced her Senate bid. Previously, Ayotte clerked for an associate justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court and worked at a law firm. She ran a Sarah Palin-endorsed campaign focused on decreasing government spending and eliminating earmarks. She also advocates repealing the healthcare reform bill that became law in March. Ayotte and husband Joseph Daley have two children. [More on Sen. Ayotte]

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